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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka


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Uses of food additives colours

Food coloring is a food additive, and national standards for use of food coloring is safe. States has strict limits for using coloring food additive. It is clearly establishes the principle of the use of food colors, the use of the variety, scope of application and limits of use or residues.

The ingredients of edible natural food colours from natural materials and mostly are edible resources. The edible synthetic food colors such as E171…


Added by mariahada on January 22, 2016 at 3:37am — No Comments

How to ensure your food safety?

Various baked goods has become an integral part of the daily diet. The protein in flour consists mainly of gliadin and glutenin, the former is globose and has good extension, but lack of flexibility; the latter is fibrous and full of elastic. Do you know what is a food additive? Let's talk about list of food additives. In order to make the two protein reach to a more appropriate ratio and cross-linking, antioxidants need to add to adjust. In the…


Added by mariahada on November 6, 2015 at 1:25am — 1 Comment

Make A Splash!

The USA Swimming Foundation raises funds to support programs that save lives and build champions–in the pool and in life.

As the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming, the USA Swimming Foundation works to strengthen the sport from grassroots to gold medals. Whether we’re equipping our children with learn-to-swim skills, or providing…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on May 21, 2013 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Child Safety Products - Which Should You Use?

Are you a ‘buy every child safety product on the market’ parent or a ‘well, a few bumps won’t kill them’ parent?  Is every table in your house surrounded with foam padding or do you silently curse when you are visiting someone with an indecipherable toilet lock? 

We all want to keep kids safe, but the huge range of options can be…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 21, 2012 at 2:34pm — No Comments

I'm A Mom and I'm Pissed Off!


’m a mom and I’m pissed off.  Not a bit concerned.  Not even angry.  I’m pissed off as in, ‘I have a flame thrower and I’m not afraid to use it’ pissed off.  Why?  Because child safety is about as big a mom issue as you can get, and yet children keep drowning and no one is talking about it.  We all know ‘stop, drop and roll’, but did you know that…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 1, 2012 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Using social media to teach swimming.


How can I teach thee?  Let me count the ways....

  1. Traditional swimming lessons  - through your Y, park district pool, community pool, local swim instructor or any other well-regarded program.  The classes should be fun and not at all threatening or frightening to your child.  Start early and…

Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 17, 2012 at 10:20am — No Comments

Making a Social Impact

Social Impact bonds are “a new strategy for improving the performance of government programs. In short, private investors — typically foundations — pay the costs of a new program in its early years, and the government later repays the investors, often with a bonus, as long as the program meets its goals. If it fails, taxpayers pay…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on June 27, 2012 at 11:05am — No Comments

Update on Global Initiatives

I’ve highlighted several initiatives in the past few months.  Time for an update.

1.  Petition to the United Nations:  Add Drowning to Millennium Development Goal #4, Reduce…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on May 9, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Get some respect.

We don’t get no respect.

One of the most common themes I hear from aquatics professionals is, ‘Why don’t people realize this is important?  Why don’t they understand?’.

The next most common theme is ‘should we or shouldn’t we adopt standards, issue licenses, and have…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on April 18, 2012 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Adopt these 16 key tasks for water safety.

There are as many messages about water safety as there are organizations and individuals working on the issue - which makes it pretty confusing to the general public.  The irony is that all the messages are pretty much the same.  I think we need to make them uniformly consistent - globally. 

Below are the Open Water Drowning Prevention Key…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on April 11, 2012 at 10:45am — No Comments

End drowning with 3 words.

How do we end drowning?  We change people’s behavior around water. 

How do we change behavior?  We change intrinsic motivation, how someone acts even if no one else is around. 

How do we change intrinsic motivation?  Tell people what to do.  Motivate people to do the right thing.  Make it easy…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on March 21, 2012 at 11:01am — 2 Comments

Change like kids.

I was reminded time and again this week of why I like kids.  That is not to say that I would ever return to middle school, even on pain of death.  That is not to say that I think kids should rule the world and parents and adults should not be making the tough decisions and sticking with them.  It is to say that if we listen to our kids it can be a good reminder of the…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on February 8, 2012 at 10:13am — No Comments

The Piranha's Perspective

My son spotted the t-shirt on the attached photo at the Shedd Aquarium gift shop last weekend.  It cracks me up every time I look at it.  It is reminiscent of Gary Larson’s brilliant Far Side cartoons that routinely turned our perceptions upside down with hilarious results.  We often think of how we are affected by the world around us, but how often…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on January 4, 2012 at 11:55am — No Comments

What Price Knowledge?

I believe that we in the drowning prevention field need to share information and resources more efficiently and effectively.  I believe we must begin to videotape conference presentations and post them to YouTube so a wider range of people can benefit from the knowledge.

I can hear the arguments already, so let’s address…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on December 23, 2011 at 4:22pm — 2 Comments

Why do we do it?

The scene in the locker room was all too familiar.  Mothers with a variation of determined, frazzled, happy or ‘I’m just about to blow’ looks on their face wrestling pudgy toddler arms into winter coats and trying to maneuver feet into boots while the same oblivious child is determined to explore the lockers, the inside of their nose, or those tantalizing crumbs left by…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on December 14, 2011 at 10:45am — No Comments

Theory vs. Reality

There are wonderful theories about how we should end drowning.  Everyone should have one-on-one swim lessons with a qualified instructor.  Every pool should be fenced.  Every potentially dangerous body of water should be fenced with warning signs that the public obeys.  Parents should supervise their children at all times near water.  Approved lifejackets should…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 23, 2011 at 11:33am — No Comments

Educating Through YouTube

Social media can be a powerful tool or a destructive influence.  We all know that well-chosen words can elevate or decimate, but we also know that time heals all wounds and being able to forget words, or at least add a rosy hue to the memory, can be a blessing.


Social media and the internet have changed that.  Once it’s…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 10, 2011 at 11:53am — No Comments

Why do adults drown?

Natural disasters like flooding and tsunamis.  Unsafe environments like overloaded ferries or rickety boats.  Over-estimating skill and under-estimating the power of unfamiliar water.  Alcohol-induced poor judgement.  Lack of swimming ability.…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 2, 2011 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Bath-time Safety


Do you remember your baby’s first bath?  My children are 8 and 10 now and I still vividly recall the slightly concerned frown when they were first carefully lowered into the baby bath, which quickly dissolved into sheer bliss.  Just was exciting was the day they discovered that they had power over the water.  If you hit water with your fist it splashes!…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 19, 2011 at 10:52am — 3 Comments

Africans are the best swimmers.

For many years, conventional wisdom has held that blacks can not swim.  (I use the term ‘black’ to apply to anyone of African descent.  The term is meant with respect to encompass the broad range of cultures descending from the African continent)  A widely discredited academic report years ago stated that the physiology of a black person leads to their sinking…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 12, 2011 at 5:58pm — 2 Comments

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